Skip to comments.Commonwealth’s Attorney calls state judicial vote [on gay judge nominee] ‘bigotry’
Posted on 05/15/2012 11:36:35 AM PDT by kevcol
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) Richmond Commonwealths Attorney Michael Herring blasted state lawmakers who voted to reject openly-gay deputy Commonwealths Attorney Tracy Thorne-Beglands nomination to be a Richmond General District Court judge.
It is hard to think about what happened at the General Assembly and not conclude that it is a form of bigotry, said Herring during a Tuesday morning news conference. Anytime my elected officials exercise in behavior that is bigoted, it embarrasses me.
Earlier Tuesday morning, state delegates voted down Beglands nomination. Thirty-three delegates voted for Begland, 31 voted against him. Ten delegates abstained from the vote, 26 delegates do not vote at all. Begland needed 51 votes to become a judge.
CBS 6 reporter Angela Pellerano asked Herring why he thought 36 lawmakers abstained or did not take part in Tuesday mornings vote.
They did not want to be on record, they didnt want to stand up in the way Manoli Loupassi (a Republican delegate who co-sponsored Beglands nomination) did for a man who would have been a wonderful judge, Herring replied. If theres a tough call to make, you make the tough call, you draw the criticism, you move on to the next decision. You dont duck the call.
Over the weekend state Del. Bob Marshall (R -Manassas) said he wanted Thorne-Begland removed from consideration because of the prosecutors past involvement with the gay rights movement, most notably his network interview about Dont Ask, Dont Tell.
I dont even think its proper to put his name forward because of his behavior, said Marshall, who called Thorne-Begland a homosexual activist, in a press release.
Herring addressed concerns that Thorne-Begland would advocate a gay-activist agenda while serving on the bench.
Im not sure I know what that means, said Herring seeming frustrated. I would imagine that Tracy, like any other judge in the Commonwealth, would treat gay victims, witnesses and defendants the same way they would those people if they were hetero-sexual.
Herring said Thorne-Begland took the rejection vote professionally and came to the office Tuesday morning ready to work.
This is a developing story. Visit WTVR.com and watch CBS 6 News for updates.
That is child abuse. Period. G-d does NOT approve.
You only get to vote as long as you vote the right way.
Oh, that's right, there is massive chance you are there for reasons other than qualifications and you would not be able to hold a job flipping burgers if the State did not pay you.
not da mama
"That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."
Those saying no were voting according to the State Constitution. And those voting yes, Against.
Let me get this straight. If a person does not want to advance a sexual deviant into a position of power which he could use to advance his sinful agenda and force us normal people to accept their behavior as "Normal" also.....then we are bigots?
Well, sign me up!
Then resign you racist idiot.
“Their” twins? Maybe legally. But if so, the law needs to be changed . . . retroactively.
Can you imagine how screwed up these children are going to be?